The Freedman Center

Freedman Fellow -- Henry Adams

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I am an art historian who has produced over several hundred publications in the American field, including books, exhibition catalogues, and scholarly and popular articles. My most noteworthy recent project is the book Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock, which was reviewed recently in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. I have also worked in film production, working on documentary films for PBS with Ken Burns of Florentine Films, Walpole, New Hampshire, and Tom Ball, of Telos Productions, Cleveland, though not from the technical side (camera-work, editing, etc.) but as a researcher and script-writer. I am very interested in the ways in which new media can make learning a multi-sensory experience and can also expand the scope of scholarship. For example, I'm interested in the ways in which tape-recorded interview can often supplement written records and lead to new scholarly discoveries.

I regularly teach classes on American art, particularly art of the early to mid 20th century.  I would make use of these sound-recordings for nearly all the classes that I teach.  Material such as this obviously makes artists seem more vivid and human and often brings famous paintings “to life” by revealing the character of their subjects.   From the standpoint of teaching research skills, I’m committed to the idea that students should learn how to conduct and record interviews, in addition to learning to conduct library research. 

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